Everything is in a state of change.
And this non-permanence can seem unsettling, scary even.
And that’s natural, we all crave some degree of certainty.
But the more we cling to the allusion of certainty and resist the reality of constant change, the harder it is to find peace of mind.
Stania Melnychenko, a Munich based filmmaker and John Doan, a martial arts,
Let’s face it.
Meditation is an incredible way to carve out a more peaceful mind.
And yoga teaches you how to breathe deeply and love living in your body.
Both help to improve your day immeasurably.
Indeed, a daily meditation habit is proven to decrease stress, improve sleep, and diminish anxiety.
But many of us feel like we’re anxious, too busy,
“Everything is ecstasy, inside. We just don’t know it because of our thinking-minds. But in our true blissful essence of mind is known that everything is alright forever and forever and forever.”
— Jack Kerouac
Hello! Are you in there?
Are you sleepwalking through your days like a zombie?
Or are you wide awake, present to the infinite potential for peace, happiness, and fulfillment available right now?
In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few. – Zen Master Shunryo Suzuki
What would you rather be, a beginner or an expert?
The answer seems clear, doesn’t it? Most people would choose to be an expert, and not a beginner.
In fact, many people hate being a noobie, rookie, greenhorn novice, or tenderfoot – or whatever derogatory words we use for beginners.
We say that the hour of death cannot be forecast, but when we say this we imagine that hour as placed in an obscure and distant future. It never occurs to us that it has any connection with the day already begun or that death could arrive this same afternoon, this afternoon which is so certain and which has every hour filled in advance. ~ Marcel Proust
How many of us can honestly say that we are ready to die?
For the past three years, my wife and I have traveled through Asia, the US and Central and South America…
And while it’s been an amazing journey – full of adventure, intrigue and lots of street food – living a truly nomadic lifestyle has its drawbacks.
Everyone knows about the benefits of travel: new experiences, new cultures, new ways of thinking and living…
… but there’s a dark side,
Do you want to change?
Do you maybe want to become happy, wise, peaceful, or simply – a better person?
When you look deeply into your desire for change, you may find something uncomfortable at the bottom – a lack of self-love and self-acceptance.
In ancient teachings reaching right back to the time of the Buddha, we can find ways to cultivate loving-kindness toward ourselves and others.
By Mary Jaksch
When the mind is neither in the past or the future and we are completely present, our experience changes in a significant way.
Suddenly life seems more spacious and more peaceful.
When we are mindful, we are available for life, and aren’t trapped in our own little world.
Whether it’s peacefulness, or anger, or boredom, or elation, or fear –
By Mary Jaksch
When we see a wilting plant, we know what to do. We water it.
But when we are exhausted and stressed, it’s often difficult to know how to recover.
The problem is that the exhaustion many of us suffer from can’t be fixed by a holiday at the beach, or a visit to a day-spa. Because it’s not just our body that’s exhausted,
By Mary Jaksch
Beauty inspires gratitude. But only when we become aware of beauty.
Live rushes on and it’s easy to get immersed in the mind tape that takes about ‘me’, ‘mine’, ‘myself’ – instead of taking a moment to appreciate the beauty that is all around us.
Stop for a moment and appreciate whatever you see, hear, or feel right now. If you have a few minutes, watch the inspiring video below.